A number of fraudulent text messages allegedly from NatWest Bank have penetrated public inboxes.
The malicious news claimed that new payees were set up or payments were on hold, followed by a link that should not be clicked.
This is known as smishing and occurs when a cyber criminal sends a text message to an unsuspecting person, often telling them that there is a problem with their account Express reports.
The message can instruct the victim to follow a link or call a phone number to fix the problem.
However, this serves as a way for the scammers to trick their victims into divulging personal information. You should stay on guard even if a message appears legitimate.
It’s also worth noting that some links can infect a person’s device with a virus as well, which can be devastating.
However, some people haven’t been fooled by the scam news and have taken to social media to confirm their suspicions with NatWest.
Simon Tabiner tweeted to NatWest saying: @NatWest_Help, as I don’t have a NW account, I assume this wasn’t sent by you ?! “
A picture of the fraudulent text was taken along with the tweet. The banking giant then replied, “Hiya Simon. Yes, this appears to be a scam text message. Please forward this to our dedicated team at 88355.”
Jason Edge also reached out to his phone operator and NatWest after receiving a suspicious message – which he also posted.
His tweet said: “@ O2 Can you remind me of your scam number? And @NatWest_Help, maybe you want to talk to this chancer too …”
NatWest replied, “Hi Jason. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is indeed scam, and not actually ours. You should not click the link or reply to this text.
“You can also forward it to 88355 to alert our security team. Thank you again for being so vigilant!”
Individuals are always encouraged to report fraud to Action Fraud, the national cybercrime reporting service.
If you have any doubts about any text messages or phone calls purporting to be from your bank, you can always contact your bank directly to confirm whether they tried to contact you.